August 4 coronavirus news

By Adam Renton, Brad Lendon, Amy Woodyatt, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, August 5, 2020
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10:53 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

New Jersey adds Rhode Island to Covid-19 travel quarantine list, removes Delaware and Washington, DC

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Beachgoers enjoy the weather at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, NJ on July 27, 2020. 
Beachgoers enjoy the weather at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, NJ on July 27, 2020.  Theo Wargo/Getty Images

New Jersey's updated travel quarantine list includes the addition of Rhode Island and the removal of Washington, DC and Delaware – bringing the total to 35 states and territories, according to the governor’s office.

The travel advisory which requires a person to quarantine for a 14-day period from last contact with that affected area, applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut jointly announced the initiative of a travel advisory in recent weeks. 

So far, New York and Connecticut have not updated their advisory list.

10:30 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Former Trump adviser says another lockdown may be necessary in some places

Kevin Hassett, former White House economic adviser, speaking to members of the press in front of the West Wing of the White House on May 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. 
Kevin Hassett, former White House economic adviser, speaking to members of the press in front of the West Wing of the White House on May 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kevin Hassett, a former senior adviser to President Trump and former chair of the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, said another lockdown order may be necessary in parts of the country.

"It does feel like there's some places that are too open," he said on CNN

The former administration member also admitted that “there’s a second wave going on” – something current administration members have been reluctant to do.

Watch more from Hassett:

10:23 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Japan coronavirus total tops 40,000 as Okinawa confirms record number of cases

From CNN's Junko Ogura and Sophie Jeong

People wait for a train at Shinjuku station on August 04, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
People wait for a train at Shinjuku station on August 04, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan's Ministry of Health confirmed 937 new cases of Covid-19 and 4 deaths from Monday.

The ministry announced the nationwide tally from Monday’s numbers on Tuesday, which takes the number of infections to 40,570. The total includes the number of cases detected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship —39,858 on land and 712 discovered on the Diamond Princess. 

Here are some of the country's latest figures:

  • Tokyo reported 309 new cases on Tuesday, the total number of cases in the capital now stands at 14,022. The government has asked restaurants and bars that serve alcohol to close at 10 pm local time through the end of August. 
  • Osaka reported 198 new cases and one death on Tuesday. Officials in that prefecture have also ordered restaurants and bars that serve alcohol to close at 8 pm local time.
  • Okinawa prefecture confirmed 83 new cases on Tuesday, which is the highest daily number of infections in Okinawa since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number of infections in Okinawa excluding the U.S. military personnel is 637 cases. 12 new cases were reported at Camp Hansen in Okinawa on Tuesday, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases among U.S. military bases in Okinawa to 285 since the pandemic began.

Okinawa has been under a state of emergency since Saturday. Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki announced last Friday that the state of emergency will last until August 15.

 

10:07 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

US stocks slide at the opening bell

From CNN’s Anneken S. Tappe

People walk past The New York Stock Exchange on August 3, 2020 on Wall Street in New York City.
People walk past The New York Stock Exchange on August 3, 2020 on Wall Street in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

US stocks opened lower on Tuesday, sliding following a strong performance on Monday that led to record closing high for the Nasdaq Composite.

Meanwhile, the political wrangling about the next pandemic stimulus package in Washington continues to be the main focus for investors.

Here's where things opened today:

  • The Dow slipped 0.1%, or 18 points.
  • The S&P 500 opened 0.2% lower.
  • The Nasdaq opened flat.
9:42 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Covid-19 cases nearly double in the Netherlands over the past week

From Sharon Braithwaite

A health worker of the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond shows a swab sample for a COVID-19 test in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 29, 2020 as the number of infections with the coronavirus continues to increase in the country.
A health worker of the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond shows a swab sample for a COVID-19 test in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 29, 2020 as the number of infections with the coronavirus continues to increase in the country. Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP/Getty Images)

Coronavirus cases nearly doubled in the Netherlands over the past week, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said Tuesday.

 “2,588 new COVID-19 infections were reported in the Netherlands over the past week. That is 1,259 more confirmed cases reported than the week before that, when 1,329 new COVID-19 infections were reported,” it said in a statement.

The Institute said that the reproduction number (R) is 1.20 in the country and the highest percentage of positive tests was seen in the regions of Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Amsterdam, West-Brabant, and Haaglanden. 

 “These are also the regions where most of the known clusters are located,” the Institute said, adding that there are 242 known active coronavirus clusters in the country.  

“This represents an increase of 109 clusters of three or more related infections compared to the previous week," the statement added.

 

9:36 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

These four US states each have surpassed 400,000 Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

At least 13 states have reported more than 100,000 coronavirus infections and four of them — California, Florida, Texas and New York —have recorded more than 400,000.

California, with more than 516,000 positive cases, has reported the most infections in the nation, but is beginning the week on a positive note. The state reported a seven-day average of cases of about 7,764 Monday, which is down about 21% from the previous week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

In Los Angeles County, officials said they're cautiously optimistic as data trends seem to be stabilizing and moving slightly downward. Los Angeles is seeing a seven-day average of about 2,600 cases per day, down from a couple weeks ago when that same average was more than 3,000 cases each day.

Florida has the second-highest number of cases in the country, with more than 491,000 recorded infections.

Two teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 have also died in the state, according to state data, bringing the total number of minors in Florida who have died in relation to the virus to seven.

In Texas, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who in July proposed a two-week stay-at-home order to help drive down cases, said Monday the city will be issuing citations and fines to people who are not following the state's mask mandate. The state has reported more than 455,000 infections and more than 8,000 people are hospitalized statewide.

"When we are encountering people on patrols, out and about, and we are seeing that they do not have their mask on when they are in public and around other people, we will provide the necessary warning," Turner said. "And then a failure to heed to that warning will lead to a citation and a $250 fine," he said.

Track the virus in your state here.

9:17 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

45 hospitals in Florida have reached ICU capacity — and show zero ICU beds available

From CNN's Erica Henry

A medic transfers a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where Coronavirus patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, on July 30, 2020. 
A medic transfers a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where Coronavirus patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, on July 30, 2020.  Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

At least 45 hospitals in Florida have reached ICU capacity and show zero ICU beds available, according to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). 

Seven of the hospitals at capacity are in Miami-Dade County and five of them are in Broward County, AHCA data shows.

Another 34 hospitals have 10% or less ICU capacity available, according to AHCA.

AHCA reports about 19.6% ICU beds are available across the State of Florida. 

9:06 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Arizona couple says they "paid the price" for not taking coronavirus seriously

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Debi and Michael Patterson said they were flippant about the coronavirus, not wearing masks and hanging out with friends as normal.

“It was sort of almost like a joke in our group of friends,” Debi Patterson said in an interview with CNN’s Miguel Marquez. 

But then they got sick — and Debi needed to go to the hospital to be put on oxygen. 

“We paid the price for it,” Michael Patterson said. 

The Lake Havasu City, Arizona, couple got sick in late June, and more than a month later, Debi said she still experiences symptoms. 

“Still short of breath, coughing, just the fatigue and dizziness, headaches almost daily; It's almost like somebody hit you in the head,” she said.  

“It's ridiculous not to take this seriously. I mean, I could have died just like the next person. I mean, anybody can. It could have been either one of us or both of us,” she added. 

Michael has a simple message for others: “Keep your distance and wear a frickin' mask.” 

Watch:

9:25 a.m. ET, August 4, 2020

Poland contemplates imposing quarantine measures after largest virus outbreak yet

From Niamh Kennedy

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrives for the EU summit on a coronavirus recovery package at the European Council building in Brussels on July 19, 2020 
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrives for the EU summit on a coronavirus recovery package at the European Council building in Brussels on July 19, 2020  John Thys/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Poland has recorded 680 new Covid-19 cases — the largest increase since the beginning of the pandemic. As a result of the rising numbers, the government is considering whether to impose quarantine restrictions on travelers returning from certain countries.

A communications officer for the Ministry of Health told CNN on Tuesday that the 680 cases mainly came from three regions in the country.

More than 30% of recorded cases (222) came from the Silesia region, known for its coal mines. 88 cases were recorded in the Malopolska region in southern Poland. At least 94 cases were confirmed in the Wielkopolska region in central Poland.

The communications officer said there hasn’t been a decision yet on whether to impose quarantine restrictions on travelers. The officer also said that the Polish government is still "monitoring the epidemiological situation in other countries" and if it "turns out that travel to certain countries will be dangerous" quarantine restrictions may be imposed.